Faces and Voices of Recovery
On 3rd September The Harbour in Brixton held a photography exhibition, Faces and Voices of Recovery, featuring portraits of staff, peer mentors and service users.
The launch was attended by local organisations, the community, service users and families and friends. As part of the launch service users shared their moving experiences of their recovery journeys.
Junior Atkins, Recovery Worker at the Harbour, said:
“It was a great event and a real celebration of the hard work that our service users and peer mentors put into their recovery and the support they provide to people in similar situations.
The Harbour provides an opportunity for those in recovery to develop new social networks, gain advice and support to access mainstream services such as college, volunteering, the gym and other positive meaningful activities.”
Service users were encouraged to share what recovery meant to them in a book in the drop in area leading up to the event which was then printed on a large board. This is what ‘Ragnar Hunt’, Peer Mentor, said;
“4 years ago I was on deaths door in hospital, I was very lucky to make it through. I was directed to Lorraine Hewitt House and from there to the Harbour. I started attending groups with Ken and Junior and I started to get what this recovery thing meant and I am still sober today.”
“When I was asked by Junior to become a Peer Mentor I felt honoured, anxious and then excited. Now I am now in a position to help others and I enjoy doing so. I owe so much to the Harbour so I thought by me being a Peer mentor will support the service that supports clients that supports my own recovery was a no brainer and I thank them for being there.”
Pictures featured in the exhibition were taken by Dee Ramadan, a local photographer.